Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Home Repair Mission Workcamp

More than 350 Work Camp youth, adult leaders, mission workcamp staff and local volunteers are busy this week repairing homes throughout Clay County, MN.  Youth arrived on Sunday, July 14 and will be leaving on Saturday, July 20th.  To learn more about the Workcamp, you can visit the Lakes & Prairies' website.  Here are some pictures from the first day of camp.

Heeading out from Hawley High School on first day.
Home repair for safety and stability

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Join us on Tuesday, April 16th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, for a Regional Convening of Connecting to End Poverty -- A Minnesota Without Poverty gathering.  The meeting will take place:
St. Joseph's Gathering Place
1013 3rd Ave S., Moorhead, MN. 

Engage and discuss how the MN Legislative Commission to End Poverty (LCEP) recommendations can be moved forward during the 2013 legislative session.  Gatherings have taken place across the State of MN with the goal of making sure the LCEP and, its current efforts as being explored by the MN legislature's "Ladders Out of Poverty" commission continue to press forward to strengthen our State.

RSVP is appreciated in order to have adequate materials and light refreshments, but, is not required --  by email RSVP at info@lakesandprairies.net or call
218-299-7000 or toll free

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Senator Heitcamp receives Plaque

National Community Action Foundation - Annual Conference -            March, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Dear Elected Officials

Dear President Obama and elected officials,

Every day at Lakes & Prairies Head Start we learn lessons that are important in life.  In a classroom full of four year olds each of us face daily challenges that provide many opportunities to learn and solve problems.  Head Start is happy to share with you some ideas that are very effective in solving problems. 

Head Start teaches us to; use our words and work together, remember to take turns (you may not always get to be first), biting, name calling and tantrums are never good.  Head Start reminds us that even as a four year old, fair isn’t everybody getting the same thing, fair is everybody getting what they need to be successful.

Thank you for reading our letter.  We hope it helps you and your friends remember that we are counting on you to help us get what we need to be successful…..a Head Start.


The 258 preschool children attending Lakes & Prairies Head Start

Pam Bernstein, Director

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Family & Community Services Staff Receive Awards

Congratulations to (top left to right Marie Oihus, Becki Johnson 
Rebekah Nelson, and Sarah Paterson.  And,( lower left to right)
Kala Anderson, Emma Schmidt, and
Colleen Murray, Program Director
The Lakes & Prairies Family & Community Services staff were chosen as the recipient of both the 2011-2012 Transitional Housing Program and the Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program STAR Awards. The awards recognize and value this agency's contributions to MN’s Homeless Management Information System and efforts to end homelessness around the state.   Not only a job well done, but also a first time that both awards were received by
one agency.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Voter Registration at Family Service Center September 24th and 25th

As part of National Voter Registration Day activities, Lakes &Prairies Community Action Partnership will participate in Voter Registration activites and help voters find their polling locations.

     DAY/DATE:   Monday, September 24th
                                 Tuesday, September 25th.

     LOCATION:  Clay County Family Service Center (front lobby)
                                 715 11th St. N. Moorhead, MN

     TIMES:           9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

     MAP:              National Voter Registration Day

Registering now allows time to submit the form to the County and send you a postcard notifying you that you are registed and where to vote.  The last day to register to vote is October 15 unless you register at your polling location on the day of the election.  Registering now could save you much time as polling locations are especially busy when there is a Presidential election. 

No matter how you vote, Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership wants you to know...


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MDH Commissioner visits Moorhead

Dr. Ed Ehlinger MN Commissioner of Health, stopped in  Moorhead on Tuesday morning, August 28th as part of his "Pitch the Commissioner" trip around Minnesota. In his visits Dr Erlinger has learned that there are acute needs in most communities and that the public health infrastructure is weakening. 

Lakes & Prairies Executive Director Joe Pederson who is also chair of the Minnesota Community Action Partnership board of directors "pitched Community Action" as a key partner with MDH and county Public Health in keeping our communities healthy. He discussed with Dr. Ehlinger how Community Action Agencies play a key role in engaging low income and disadvantaged Minnesotans.

Joe Pederson (left), Dr. Erlinger (center), and Moorhead
Mayor Mark Voxland, (right)
What does your community need to be healthy? Lakes & Prairies Board members and staff emphasized the need for safe affordable child care, early childhood education, Head Start and Early Head Start and the importance of dental access for low income families. In the pictures below, Lakes & Prairies board members Lyle Hovland, and Stephanie Miranowski and Joe continue to "pitch Community Action" with Dr. Ehlinger at Davies Park in Moorhead. 

Lyle Hovland, Wilkin County Commissioner and Lakes
& Prairies Board Member pitches Community Action with
Commissioner Elinger
Stephanie Minanowski, Wilkin County Commissioner and
Lakes & Prairies Board Secretary/Treasurer pitches
Community Action with Matthew Collie, Legislative
Liaison, MDH.